Alpha Tau Omega was founded as the first ever national fraternity. It was created in 1865 at the Virginia Military Institute, with the noble ambition of reuniting the northern and southern states in a principled brotherhood at the conclusion of the Civil War. The founders built ATΩ on the values of scholarship, fellowship, and character. ATΩ has an international, extensive network of alumni; no matter where you go in the country or the world, you'll find ATΩs there. Today, ATΩ is popularly known as America's Leadership Development Fraternity because of its strong efforts to engage its members in positive, leadership-oriented lifestyles.